Desi Seal Joins Pheasants Forever as Big Game Project Coordinator in Montana

Pheasants Forever is proud to announce the hiring of Desi Seal, who recently joined The Habitat Organization as the Project Coordinator for the Big Game Habitat Improvement Project in north-central Montana. In her main role, Seal will focus on outreach and technical/financial assistance programs to farmers and ranchers for improving grazing operations, restoring grassland habitat, and retaining intact rangelands on 60,000 acres in one of the state’s most coveted big game migration corridors.
The Big Game Habitat Improvement Project is a collaborative initiative to implement conservation and restoration efforts for the connectivity of grasslands and rangelands from the Canadian border to the Musselshell Plains. Pheasants Forever received $6.4 million as a Regional Conservation Partnership Program grant and 16 partners have matched the grant to deliver $12.8 million in support of conservation efforts for north-central Montana, leaving lasting impacts for upland wildlife habitat and the surrounding communities.
Seal is originally from a ranching family in Nevada but has made Montana her home since 2019. In 2011, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana Western in Dillon, with an emphasis in sustainable natural resource management. After graduation, she returned to Nevada and served as the Executive Director of Nevada Cattlemen’s Association while working with other natural resource industries to find common ground and improve greater sage grouse habitat.
Seal left Nevada Cattlemen’s Association in 2014 to pursue her law degree. She graduated from the University of Idaho, College of Law in 2018 and has practiced law in Billings, Mont. since 2019. She’s currently based in Hinsdale, Montana.
“Desi joins us with vast experience including being a range tech at the U.S. Forest Service to operating her own law office,” said Hunter VanDonsel, Pheasants Forever’s Montana state coordinator. “With her diverse set of experience, she’ll take our efforts to new heights.”
Seal said strong partnerships are the key to success in her new position, and she looks forward to fostering those relationships.
“We have a huge opportunity to work collaboratively to improve big game habitat and connectivity in north-central Montana and in turn support many other wildlife species like prairie songbirds and sage grouse,” she said. “I’m excited to work with a diverse group of partners that share the vision of stewardship and sustainability, built through local communities.”
For more information about the Big Game Habitat Improvement Project or to inquire about partnership opportunities, contact Desi Seal at (775) 293-2772 or
About Pheasants Forever
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever make up the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. This community of more than 400,000 members, supporters and partners is dedicated to the protection of our uplands through habitat improvement, public access, education and advocacy. A network of 754 local chapters spread across North America determine how 100 percent of their locally raised funds are spent — the only national conservation organization that operates through this grassroots structure. Since its creation in 1982, the organization has dedicated more than $1 billion to 567,500 habitat projects benefiting 22 million acres.

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